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News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi prosecutor says the government will retry 29-year-old Quinton Tellis in the burning death of 19-year-old Jessica Chambers. District Attorney John Champion said: "We're going to come back and do this again." Jurors deliberated for ten hours before telling the judge they couldn't agree on a verdict. Rescuers said Chambers told them before she died that someone named "Eric" or "Derek" set her on fire. Champion said her throat was damaged and she might have tried to say "Tellis."

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming two new cases of West Nile virus. That brings the total so far this year to 60 cases of the mosquito-borne illness, including two people who died earlier.

PRATT, Kan. (AP) - A man suspected of killing or wounding people in Mississippi, New Mexico and Kansas has been sentenced in Kansas. Local media report Alex Deaton was sentenced Monday to nearly 13 years in prison and $4,000 in restitution for shooting a Pratt convenience store clerk in March. Deaton pleaded guilty in July to attempted first-degree murder and aggravated robbery. Pratt County District Attorney Tracey Beverlin says she doesn't know when Deaton will go to Mississippi to face charges there.

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed a new judge who will start work Nov. 1. Lisa Howell will succeed Lauderdale County Court Judge Frank M. Coleman, who is retiring Oct. 31. Howell becomes one of two county court judges in Lauderdale County.

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